Two and a half years ago I started writing a drink recipe search engine, which I would like to announce is finally ready for prime-time. The overall goal of the project was to provide a free-text drink recipe search engine that was easy to use and understand. During the time there were several similar sites but the UI/UX was terrible, so I thought to myself, “I can do better than that”. You can check out the drink recipe search engine @ MeLikeDrinks.com. Currently there are a few hundred drink recipes, but I am hoping to add many more over the next month.

MeLikeDrinks.com is the reason why I started MeLikeDev.com. I needed a way to save all the steps and configurations necessary to accomplish what needed to be done to support the website. For example, when learning Symfony I must have re-built the project (and model) a hundred times. Finally I got frustrated and wrote each step necessary and posted them to the blog, not only for myself, but anyone else who may be wandering down the same path.

Normally my projects don’t span years, but as any Symfonian knows, it is difficult to customize some Symfony “attributes” easily. For example, the “add a drink” form took longer than expected due to the complexity of nesting sub-forms, but also adding jquery interaction and custom validation. Plus the MeLikeDrinks.com project also resulted in a proprietary file-based storage engine currently code-named “Hobis”. Basically it stores pointers in xml format, which point to various file-system assets such as ingredient descriptions, and drink images. I am hoping to make Hobis open-source within the next year so others can take advantage of another nosql solution.

Thanks again for all the support over the years, and don’t forget to check out MeLikeDrinks.com and let me know what you think.